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This creamy grain-free cheese sauce is the real deal! It's so versatile and delicious with steak or poured over steamed low-carb vegetables.

It's really easy to make low-carb cheese sauce that is thick and creamy. No thickeners and no flour needed! You will only need heavy whipping cream, butter, shredded cheese, cream cheese, salt and pepper. If the sauce is too thick, just add a dash of water.

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How To make Keto Cheese Sauce

It will take just five minutes to make this low-carb cheese sauce from scratch. You'll start by heating up the cream with butter and then add shredded cheese and cream cheese. Bring to a boil and cook briefly until it thickens. That's it!

I kept my cheese sauce plain but you can use any of your favourite herbs and spices. Here are some of the optional seasonings you can use:

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2-4 tbsp freshly chopped herbs of choice

Hands-on Overall

Nutritional values (per serving, about 1/4 cup/ 60 ml)

Net carbs1.3 grams
Protein4.8 grams
Fat20.7 grams
Calories203 kcal

Calories from carbs 3%, protein 9%, fat 88%

Total carbs1.4 gramsFiber0 gramsSugars0.9 gramsSaturated fat12.7 gramsSodium149 mg(6% RDA)Magnesium6 mg(2% RDA)Potassium41 mg(2% EMR)

Ingredients (makes about 1 cup/ 4 servings)

  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
  • 2 tbsp butter, preferably grass-fed (28 g/ 1 oz)
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese or soft goat cheese (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar or hard goat cheese (60 g/ 2.1 oz)
  • pinch of sea salt, if needed
  • 1-2 tbsp water or more cream if you need to thin it down

Instructions

  1. Place the cream and butter into a small sauce pan and gently heat up. Grate the cheddar cheese and keep aside. (photos shown are for 8 servings - double the recipe)
    The Best Keto Cheese Sauce
  2. Once heated, add the cream cheese into the sauce pan. The Best Keto Cheese Sauce
  3. Stir until melted and bring to a simmer. Once you see bubbles, take off the heat. The Best Keto Cheese Sauce
  4. Add grated cheddar cheese. The Best Keto Cheese Sauce
  5. Mix until smooth and creamy. If you prefer a thicker sauce, cook for 3-5 more minutes while stirring. If too thick, add a splash of water or cream. The Best Keto Cheese Sauce
  6. Serve over steamed vegetables, fish and meat! If you can't use the whole recipe, only make one serving. The sauce should be eaten immediately or kept at room temperature before serving. Once refrigerated and reheated, the butter separates and the cheese clumps which you want to avoid. The Best Keto Cheese Sauce

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 1/4 cup/ 60 ml)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Cream, heavy whipping, pouring, full-fat (30-40% fat)
0.4 g0.3 g5.7 g55 kcal
Butter, unsalted, grass-fed
0 g0.1 g5.8 g51 kcal
Cream cheese, soft (full-fat)
0.5 g1.1 g4.2 g37 kcal
Cheddar cheese
0.5 g3.4 g5 g61 kcal
Total per serving, about 1/4 cup/ 60 ml
1.3 g4.8 g20.7 g203 kcal
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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Love this cheese sauce. I’ve experimented with different herbs and spices. I use it in everything. Love in the tuna casserole, eggs, Chicken, steak, fish, hot veggies, dip for keto tortilla chips. Thank you Martina

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Thank you Jeannie, it's our favourite too! 😊

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We love this sauce 😍thank you for sharing.

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Thank you Vicki, glad you enjoyed!

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Fabulous! Best sauce I’ve ever tasted. Used it on fish, baked vegetables and chicken. So easy to make. Thank you!

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Thank you so much Lou, I'm happy you enjoyed!

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My family (picky kids included) and friends thoroughly enjoyed this! Thanks for a stellar recipe!

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Thank you Savanah!

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Hi there!  Do you think this could be used in a Broccoli Casserole as a substitute for the Velveeta?

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Oh yes I've done that for one of my books, it does work really well! 😊

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I'm not on face book your site is the best for keto recipes I live it thank you so much

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Thank you Kay!

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Will this be OK in the freezer.  I was thinking of bulk cooking a cheese sauce and freezing it in cubes

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I'm afraid it is not freezer-friendly. It would curdle (the solids would separate from the liquids) and won't be smooth after defrosting.

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Wow!
This cheese sauce is the tastiest I have ever had! I'll never make a roux again! This is leagues better! I've had it on cauliflower (the reason I searched for this recipe) and loved it so much that I had it next morning on my poached eggs, then for tea on some Bolognese and veg and then again tonight on my salmon. It's so quick and easy to make. Thank you so much. I never thought I'd love a low carb diet so much 😁

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Oh thank you Karen, what a lovely feedback!

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This cheese sauce is amazing!!!!

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Thank you so much!

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This is literally the best cheese sauce I’ve ever tried. Even better than non-Keto. Thanks so much for this recipe.

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Thank you Katie!

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I didn't realise I had no cream cheese so I used sour cream instead and it's really delicious and not as heavy as the cream cheese. Both ways are delicious!

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That's a great way to find new flavours! I'll try that next time 😊

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If I don't have cream can I use 2% milk in this recipe in place of the cream?

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Hi Judy, milk has too many carbs and would likely not make it thick enough. Having said that it's just 1/4 cup so it won't make a big difference in the carb count per serving. Instead you could use water or chicken stock (no carbs) and add a little more cream cheese (will make it thicker). I hope this helps!

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Hi Martina
In the recipe  the cheeses have the same grams / oz. is this a typo.
Thanks
Lynn

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Hi Lynn, this is correct because one of them is cream cheese and the other one is shredded cheese (different weights per cup). I hope you enjoy! 😊

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Oh my goodness. Absolutely delicious. I will go as far to say best cheese sauce I've tasted 😋🤗

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Thank you Trudy!

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LOVE this sauce!!!  So easy and awesome on veggies.  Cut out carbs/sugar earlier in the year and have dropped 40 pounds. Have never felt better.  Thanks for a decadent cheese sauce that doesn't make me feel deprived.

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Thank you Kim!

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I love this sauce I use parmason cheese its great on stakes with shrimp
But I always get 3/4 cup every time  without watering it down  is this normal?

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Thank you Bryan! It is closer to 3/4 cup if you don't use any water. I usually add 1-2 tablespoons of water so mine is almost a cup.

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Hubby and I absolutely love this cheese sauce! A keeper for sure. 😊 Thank you!

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Thank you Leanne!

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"Once refrigerated and reheated, the butter separates and the cheese clumps"
Have you tried using sodium citrate in your cheese sauce?  I've been amazed at how well that works to create a smooth sauce that easily reheats without separating.

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Thank you Catherine, I have not (yet) but I'm intrigued!!

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This was very tasty. I added paprika as the optional seasoning. I also added a Tbl of water to thin it out a bit. Very nice.

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I just bought a pint of half & half, would that substitute well for the heavy whipping cream or not ???

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Yes, that will work! If it's too thin just cook it for a couple more minutes 😊

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This is delicious. Do you think I could make it in a crockpot to make queso dip? I would only have to add hamburger, peppers and tomatoes.

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Hi Amber, I think that may work but I would be worried about splitting which may happen with dairy. I generally add dairy to any slow-cooked meals at the end of the cooking process to avoid curdling/splitting.

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Just made the cheese sauce Pretty good
I will mostly certainly will be making this again.
Quick and very easy to make- Thank you

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this was amazing over my broccoli 😋

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That cheese sauce is amazing, a total winner - thanks so much
Cheers Jules

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I made this cheese sauce I had it with salmon fillets & broccoli, I used extra mature cheddar & I just drizzled the sauce over broccoli & salmon rather than poured it over as it was quite sickly.

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